Weir walking

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

Artist's Description

An Historic Scotland Category B Listed structure

A lovely warm Spring day (2nd May 2011), running water, an element of danger and a group of teenagers; there was no way that they could resist getting wet!!

We watched these kids having a great time on top of, and jumping off, the tall weir on the River Almond on the pleasant river walk from Cramond Village to Cramond Brig, Edinburgh, Scotland.

The weir was originally used to power a trip hammer at Fairafar Mill which was used to work old iron into maleable bars.

Now reduced to a shell, this mill, first mentioned in 1676, was originally a waulkmill. (Fulling or tucking or walking (waulking in Scotland)) is a step in woollen clothmaking which involves the cleansing of cloth (particularly wool) to eliminate oils, dirt, and other impurities, and making it thicker.

The worker who does the job is a fuller, tucker, or walker. The Welsh word for a Fulling Mill is pandy. This is used in several place-names.)

Locate this part of Edinburgh by clicking here.

The Fairafar Weir and Mill remains are a Historic Scotland Category B listed structure (HB Number 47281).

Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM
Handheld

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Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 4.0.2.

Related shots can be found at: Edinburgh, Lowland Scotland and HDR.

Featured in : CELTIC REALM : 3 May 11
Featured in : The Scots are Coming : 8 May 11

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